Former spy boss, Colonel Isaac Kgosi will before the end of this month appear before the court of law for a possible charge of exposing the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) operations to the public.
Section 19 of the Intelligence Security Services entails the prohibition of disclosure of identity. It states that, A person who discloses the identity of another person which he or she has obtained or to which he or she has had access by virtue of
(a)the performance of his or her duties or functions under this Act, or (b)his or her position as a person who holds or has held any office in the Directorate, and from which the identity of any person who- (i) is or was a confidential source of information to the Directorate or (i)is or was an officer or support staff engaged in covert operational activities of the Directorate,
Can be inferred, and who discloses such information to any person other than a person to whom he or she is authorized to disclose it or to whom it may lawfully be disclosed, shall be guilty of an offence. Kgosi was featured in some publications claiming that there was a plot to assassinate him two weeks ago. He had allegedly shared with the said media houses pictures of his alleged perpetrators who are intelligence agents armed with weapons.
In his version on the complaint letter to the security organs, Kgosi claims that the two intelligence agents had followed him into the physiotherapy clinic where they aggressively demanded from the receptionist that they be taken to him. He further alleges that he followed and found his perpetrators parked outside; deadly armed with weapons of war including an Uzi submachine gun after their request was turned down by the receptionist at the clinic.
On the contrary, sources in the intelligence circle claim that the two officers had followed Kgosi to pass a communiqué concerning his recent raids. ”They just informed the receptionist that they were there to see him. And he came out to meet the officers outside the clinic premises.” When asked how Kgosi was able to overpower the two officers and took pictures, the source said, “They thought they were just dealing with a mature man who understands intelligence operations better.”
Merely, a week after the said article, the intelligence officers followed Kgosi at his village during her mother’s funeral and tried in vain to confiscate his phones as part of their evidence. They followed him to town a few days later still in the search of the said phone. Other information reaching this publication is that the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) is struggling to find concrete evidence linking Kgosi to the National Petroleum Fund (NPF) scandal.
Kgosi is at the center of the alleged laundered P230m NPF though he has not been charged. He made a request for the said money from NPF; he later diverted the funds; he appointed Khulaco (Pty) to be the recipient and manager of the said sum; he made some directives on how the sum should be disbursed.
“The thing is, though it is clear Kgosi is somehow implicated, we have a difficulty in connecting him to any offence. The only thing we are pinning our hopes on is a possible charge of abuse of office and to try and see if he could have benefited from the P118m he instructed Bakang to pay to an Israel company claiming to pay for weapons for the DIS. And, remember, we are talking about Kgosi’s longtime friends here. So, it is not easy at all,” said a source close to the investigations.
On the issue of Kgosi’s old docket which has been pending before the courts for the past seven years, WeekendPost investigations have revealed that the file is with the DCEC office. The file which has been moving between the DCEC and Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) offices is currently in the hands of the DCEC for further investigations.
“While the investigations are complete in many of the multiple offences labeled against Kgosi, the DCEC is still having a difficulty on the charge where he is said to have received P900 000 from the former Debswana Managing Director the late Louis Nchindo while the money trace shows the sum was deposited from UK.”
Despite being hailed and still regarded as a hero who saved many lives through his decision to crash the BF5 fighter Jet around the national stadium on the eve of the 2018 BDF day, the deceased Pilot, Major Clifford Manyuni’s actions were treated as a letdown within the army, especially by his master-Commander of the Air Arm, Major General Innocent Phatshwane.
Manyuni’s master says he was utterly disappointed with his Pilot’s failure to perform “simple basics.”
Manyuni was regarded as a hero through social media for his ‘colourful exploits’, but Phatshwane who recently retired as the Air Arm Commander, revealed to WeekendPost in an exclusive interview that while he appreciated Batswana’s outpouring of emotions and love towards his departed Pilot, he strongly felt let down by the Pilot “because there was nothing wrong with that Fighter Jet and Manyuni did not report any problem either.”
The deceased Pilot, Manyuni was known within the army to be an upwardly mobile aviator and in particular an air power proponent.
“I was hurt and very disappointed because nobody knows why he decided to crash a well-functioning aircraft,” stated Phatshwane – a veteran pilot with over 40 years of experience under the Air Arm unit.
Phatshwane went on to express shock at Manyuni’s flagrant disregard for the rules of the game, “they were in a formation if you recall well and the guiding principle in that set-up is that if you have any problem, you immediately report to the formation team leader and signal a break-away from the formation.
Manyuni disregarded all these basic rules, not even to report to anybody-team members or even the barracks,” revealed Phatshwane when engaged on the much-publicised 2018 incident that took the life of a Rakops-born Pilot of BDF Class 27 of 2003/2004.
Phatshwane quickly dismisses the suggestion that perhaps the Fighter Jet could have been faulty, “the reasons why I am saying I was disappointed is that the aircraft was also in good condition and well-functioning. It was in our best interest to know what could have caused the accident and we launched a wholesale post-accident investigation which revealed that everything in the structure was working perfectly well,” he stated.
Phatshwane continued: “we thoroughly assessed the condition of the engine of the aircraft as well as the safety measures-especially the ejection seat which is the Pilot’s best safety companion under any life-threatening situation. All were perfectly functional.”
In aircrafts, an ejection seat or ejector seat is a system designed to rescue the pilot or other crew of an aircraft in an emergency. The seat is propelled out of the aircraft by an explosive charge or rocket motor, carrying the pilot with it.”
Manyuni knew about all these safety measures and had checked their functionality prior to using the Aircraft as is routine practice, according to Phatshwane. Could Manyuni have been going through emotional distress of some sort? Phatshwane says while he may never really know about that, what he can say is that there are laid out procedures in aviation guiding instances of emotional instability which Manyuni also knew about.
“We don’t allow or condone emotionally or physically unfit Pilots to take charge of an aircraft. If a Pilot feels unfit, he reports and requests to be excused. We will subsequently shift the task to another Pilot. We do this because we know the risks of leaving an unfit pilot to fly an aircraft,” says Phatshwane.
Despite having happened a day before the BDF day, Phatshwane says the BDF day mishap did not really affect the BDF day preparations, although it emotionally distracted Manyuni’s flying formation squad a bit, having seen him break away from the formation to the stone-hearted ground. The team soldiered on and immediately reported back to base for advice and way forward, according to Phatshwane.
Sharing the details of the ordeal and his Pilots’ experiences, Phatshwane said: “they (pilots) were in distress, who wouldn’t? They were especially hurt by the deceased‘s lack of communication. I immediately called a chaplain to attend to their emotional needs.
He came and offered them counselling. But soldiers don’t cry, they immediately accepted that a warrior has been called, wiped off their tears and instantly reported back for duty. I am sure you saw them performing miracles the following day at the BDF day as arranged.”
Despite the matter having attracted wide publicity, the BDF kept the crash details a distance away from the public, a move that Phatshwane felt was not in the best interest of the army and public.
“The incident attracted overwhelming public attention. Not only that, there were some misconceptions attached to the incident and I thought it was upon the BDF to come out and address those for the benefit of the public and army’s reputation,” he said.
One disturbing narrative linked to the incident was that Manyuni heroically wrestled the ‘faulty’ aircraft away from the endangered public to die alone, a narrative which Phatshwane disputes as just people’s imaginations. “Like I said the Aircraft was functioning perfectly,” he responded.
A close family member has hinted that the traumatised Manyuni family, at the time of their son’s tragedy, strongly accused the BDF ‘of killing their son’. Phatshwane admits to this development, emphasising that “Manyuni’s mother was visibly and understandably in inconsolable pain when she uttered those words”.
Phatshwane was the one who had to travel to Rakops through the Directorate of Intelligence Services (DIS) aircraft to deliver the sad news to the family but says he found the family already in the know, through social media. At the time of his death, Manyuni was survived by both parents, two brothers, a sister, fiancée and one child. He was buried in Rakops in an emotionally-charged burial. Like his remains, the BDF fighter jets have been permanently rested.
A matter in which former President Lt Gen Ian Khama had brought before Broadhurst Police Station in Gaborone, requesting the State to charge Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) lead investigator, Jako Hubona and others with perjury has been committed to Headquarters because it involves “elders.”
Broadhurst Police Station Commander, Obusitswe Lokae, told this publication this week that the case in its nature is high profile so the matter has been allocated to his Officer Commanding No.3 District who then reported to the Divisional Commander who then sort to commit it to Police Headquarters.